Summer Fan Showdown is a month-long competition on PopCrush to determine this summer's most dedicated fan base.

The first round of Summer Fan Showdown is over, and yes, the competition is heating up: BTS and their ever-reliable A.R.M.Y. utterly crushed Little Mix's Mixers with over 78.84% of the vote, while EXO's EXO-L smashed through Lady Gaga's Little Monsters with over 89.5% of the vote. But which fanbase moves on next?

The boys of BTS are virtually unstoppable at this point: after making history with their 2017 Billboard Music Award win for Top Social Artist, a first for a K-Pop group in America, the guys are winning more and more fans worldwide. Back in February, they dropped their Wings repackage, You Never Walk Alone, featuring their smash hits “Spring Day” and “Not Today” — shattering all sorts of YouTube records while doing so. And now, they’re off to conquer Japan with “Blood, Sweat & Tears.” With the A.R.M.Y. by their side, will the Bangtan Boys move on to the semi-final round?

And then, there’s the mighty troupe known as EXO. The group might have undergone a few member swaps over the years, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of the biggest South Korean forces in the industry. Just last month, they made history as the 5th (and also youngest!) K-pop act to headline the massive Seoul Olympic Stadium with their third solo concert tour — which sold out in minutes. Will the EXO-L keep the boys afloat and sailing into the semi-finals?

The battle starts now: place your vote between BTS and EXO. This round ends on June 16 at midnight.

This round is now over. Vote in the semi-finals!

Join the conversation on social media! Use #SummerFanShowdown to discuss this year’s competition.


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